A melee pure is a type of free-to-play combat pure account that focuses on training melee combat skills such as attack and strength. Along with ranged-melee hybrids, melee pures are one of the most common free-to-play account builds for 1-vs-1 player-versus-player combat.
On lower combat levels, leather armour might be preferable to iron armour due to its higher magic defence bonus, as combat magic is pretty common early on.
Both studded chaps and green d'hide chaps should also be used as soon as 20 or 40 ranged levels are reached respectively, as they offer better overall defensive bonuses than iron platelegs and iron plateskirt. Leather boots can be used instead of fighting or rainbow boots, since they are easier to obtain and their bonuses are rather small either way.
Both 2h swords and battleaxes are viable knockout weapons. Two-handed swords have higher strength and accuracy bonuses, while battleaxes are 1-handed and 1 tick faster.
Monk robes can also be worn to slow down the prayer consumption.
3-tick weapons such as event rpg can be considered for gaining momentum and performing unexpected combos.
Melee pures typically train attack only high enough to unlock certain tiers of weapons such as mithril, adamant or rune. After reaching 40 attack level and unlocking rune weapons, most free-to-play melee pures no longer train this skill and focus on strength instead.
Strength can be trained with members-only methods to avoid gaining hitpoints experience.
Magic can be trained without affecting the combat level with methods that do not grant any hitpoints experience. While magic is not used offensively in 1-vs-1 combat, it is still worth training as it improves magic defence and grants access to utility spells such as teleports, Snare and Tele Block. Ranged can be trained up to 40 level to gain access to the green d'hide armour.
Melee pures use a quick melee attack to wear the opponents down, typically with a scimitar of the highest available tier. Knockout attacks are performed by slower, more powerful weapons such as a two-handed sword or a battleaxe. The usual strategy is to switch to the KO weapon after bringing the opponent's hitpoints low enough so that they cannot outheal the incoming damage. Techniques such as fake eats, emote stalls, delaying and backstepping can improve the chances of a successful KO.
3-tick melee weapons are also somewhat viable alternatives to the scimitars. In particular, movement stall of the event rpg can be leveraged to deliver unexpected combos.
Since melee pures are vunerable to binding spells such as Snare and farcasting, they are not well suited for multi-combat areas or no honor fights.
Viable prayer levels include:
Although low level melee pures might choose not to train prayer, 13 and 31 are the most commonly used prayer levels overall.
Melee pures can be easily converted to ranged-melee hybrids by training ranged. In fact, ranged-melee pures can fight with the same combat style as melee pures by using only melee weapons. However, keep in mind that maxed hybrids have a slightly higher combat level (78 as opposed to 73) due to 99 ranged and 44 prayer levels necessary to maximize the damage.